Jacques Delperrie de Bayac
Du sang dans la montagne
(Blood on the Mountains)
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It is 1764. Louis XV is the king of France.
But then it starts all over again. Finally, in June 1767, in the course of a hunt to the north of Mont Mouchet, at a place called la Sogne d'Auvers, one of the hunters (and a poacher) by the name of Jean Chastel kills another huge wolf. After that there are no further attacks on anybody. In the course of those three years, round about a hundred people have lost their lives. Since then there has been endless speculation about what the Beast actually was - a big dog? A hyena? A lycaon (African wild dog)? Or a sadistic killer? Even the Marquis de Sade himself?
The author rejects all these hypotheses, and after an 'in depth' examination of the facts and the testimony of witnesses, he arrives at the conclusion the the Beast of Gévaudan was in fact not one but three large wolves killed one after the other.
As he examines the whole affair in great detail, the author invites his readers to re-live with him the history of the Beast of Gévaudan. His book is a journey through time, in a clear and lively style, and a well-documented evocation of the harshness of rural life in Gévaudan and the Auvergne a quarter of a century before the French Revolution.
Jacques Delperrie de Bayac is a French journalist, writer, historian and novelist. His historical research, and in particular his reference work 'History of the Milice1918 -1945' (1969) were used in the course of the trial of Paul Touvier, a former member of the Milice. In 1997 he collaborated on the screenplay of Alain Ferrari's full-length documentary film noir 'Milice' , based on his book.